Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader, Tomislav Karamarko and Zagreb University Chancellor Damir Boras met on Thursday and underscored the importance of educating competent personnel necessary for the economy.
"We spoke about the need to strengthen know-how in the country and the possibility of connecting universities and the private sector," Oreskovic told reporters afterwards. He underscored the importance of developing vital professions like IT experts, adding that Europe was seeking 900,000 people in that field. "We discussed models of how to increase the numbers in certain professions in the country," Oreskovic said.
Stressing the importance of educating people to meet the needs of the economy, Karamarko said that this was geared toward implementing the necessary reforms in the economy. He warned of the problem of Croatia's best professionals emigrating abroad. "There is no need for these people to emigrate and leave the country if there is a need for them in the economy," he said.
Chancellor Boras confirmed that some names had been proposed for the future education minister but he did not wish to disclose any information in that regard.
He added that Zagreb University expects support from the new government and that it was prepared to provide educated personnel to the country in those professions required for the economy. Expressing his satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting, he said the talks dealt with higher education but also the needs in secondary and primary education too, as they provide candidates for higher education.
"Croatia has to get to that rank in countries that have 25% of educated people and it needs to secure a satisfactory share of the budget for that," he said.
Boras told Hina that the main motive for the talks was the Zagreb University's desire as a whole and all Croatian universities for political partners in the Bridge reformist party and the HDZ to set up a stable government that listen to the needs of the universities.